Romans 12:17
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New International Version
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.

New Living Translation
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.

English Standard Version
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.

Berean Study Bible
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody.

Berean Literal Bible
repaying to no one evil for evil, providing right before all men;

New American Standard Bible
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.

King James Bible
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone's eyes.

International Standard Version
Do not pay anyone back evil for evil, but focus your thoughts on what is right in the sight of all people.

NET Bible
Do not repay anyone evil for evil; consider what is good before all people.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Repay no person evil for evil, but be concerned with doing good before all people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't pay people back with evil for the evil they do to you. Focus your thoughts on those things that are considered noble.

New American Standard 1977
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Not repaying anyone evil for evil; procuring that which is good not only in the sight of God, but even in the sight of all men.

King James 2000 Bible
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

American King James Version
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

American Standard Version
Render to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things honorable in the sight of all men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To no man rendering evil for evil. Providing good things, not only in the sight of God, but also in the sight of all men.

Darby Bible Translation
recompensing to no one evil for evil: providing things honest before all men:

English Revised Version
Render to no man evil for evil. Take thought for things honourable in the sight of all men.

Webster's Bible Translation
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

Weymouth New Testament
Pay back to no man evil for evil. Take thought for what is right and seemly in every one's esteem.

World English Bible
Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men.

Young's Literal Translation
giving back to no one evil for evil; providing right things before all men.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
12:17-21 Since men became enemies to God, they have been very ready to be enemies one to another. And those that embrace religion, must expect to meet with enemies in a world whose smiles seldom agree with Christ's. Recompense to no man evil for evil. That is a brutish recompence, befitting only animals, which are not conscious of any being above them, or of any existence hereafter. And not only do, but study and take care to do, that which is amiable and creditable, and recommends religion to all with whom you converse. Study the things that make for peace; if it be possible, without offending God and wounding conscience. Avenge not yourselves. This is a hard lesson to corrupt nature, therefore a remedy against it is added. Give place unto wrath. When a man's passion is up, and the stream is strong, let it pass off; lest it be made to rage the more against us. The line of our duty is clearly marked out, and if our enemies are not melted by persevering kindness, we are not to seek vengeance; they will be consumed by the fiery wrath of that God to whom vengeance belongeth. The last verse suggests what is not easily understood by the world; that in all strife and contention, those that revenge are conquered, and those that forgive are conquerors. Be not overcome of evil. Learn to defeat ill designs against you, either to change them, or to preserve your own peace. He that has this rule over his spirit, is better than the mighty. God's children may be asked whether it is not more sweet unto them than all earthly good, that God so enables them by his Spirit, thus to feel and act.
Study Bible
Forgiveness
16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but enjoy the company of the lowly. Do not be conceited. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone.…
Cross References
Genesis 42:25
Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain and to restore every man's money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. And thus it was done for them.

1 Samuel 26:11
"The LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the LORD'S anointed; but now please take the spear that is at his head and the jug of water, and let us go."

Proverbs 20:22
Do not say, "I will repay evil"; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.

Proverbs 24:29
Do not say, "Thus I shall do to him as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work."

Matthew 5:24
leave your gift there before the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

Romans 12:19
Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God's wrath. For it is written: "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord."

2 Corinthians 8:21
For we are taking great care to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of men.

1 Thessalonians 5:15
Make sure that no one repays evil for evil. Always pursue what is good for one another and for all people.

1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Treasury of Scripture

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

Recompense.

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: …

Proverbs 20:22 Say not you, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he …

Matthew 5:39 But I say to you, That you resist not evil: but whoever shall smite …

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that …

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

Provide.

Romans 14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

1 Corinthians 6:6,7 But brother goes to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers…

1 Corinthians 13:4,5 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs …

2 Corinthians 8:20,21 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which …

Philippians 4:8,9 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

1 Thessalonians 4:12 That you may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that …

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house…

Titus 2:4,5 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, …

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

1 Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as …

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